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Tribe Church Overview Slides

  1. 1. tribe
  2. 2. church meetups planting network church letlive pennywize [e-business]
  3. 3. Mission “creating the space for the Gospel, for community, and for compassion to woo the hearts and meet the needs of our local and global neighbours” Gospel – the story of God at work in his creation culminating in Jesus’ invitation for reconciliation, extended to all of humanity, and participation in God’s restoration of creation Community – creative expressions of our common-unity, found in Jesus, seen in all areas of life Compassion – an active response to the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those around us, particularly our Christian community, and our local and global neighbours
  4. 4. Vision “a faith community - following Jesus - renewing the world” A faith community that is: Diverse: young and old, rich and poor, male and female United: around following Jesus Authentic: That cares richly, deeply and authentically for each other Missional: giving glimpses of the Kingdom and sharing the Gospel Following Jesus: Servitude: serve the faith community, local community and global community Missional Lifestyle: showing and proclaiming Jesus through deep, open, and accountable relationships and in all the choices of life Spiritual Disciplines: to keep us centred, focussed and serving Renewing the World: Working to transform individuals, families and workplaces Working to transform our local community, our city, nation and world
  5. 5. Presuppositions of Unity The presuppositions of unity are the foundational ideas that unite us. These are the three distinctive beliefs or the common denominators of our faith: Scripture, Jesus, and Mission. Scripture – the Bible is inspired and authoritative for all aspects of life and ministry, it is Scripture that informs and critiques our tradition and reason. Jesus – is the way, the truth and the life, the only way to the Father, the fully God-man, who through his life, death and resurrection paid the price for our sin and is in the process of renewing the world. Mission – is the primary function of the church, to extend the kingdom of God by living and proclaiming the kingdom of God found in Scripture.
  6. 6. Culture “live simply – give generously – serve freely” The essence of the life of a Jesus follower is to serve others. To do this our lives are going to have to be organised in such a way where we can do this and remain healthy ourselves. If we are going to invite people into our homes, we need the time to do it. If we are going to meet the needs of people around us, we need to live simply so that we may have extra resources that aren’t consumed in building our own kingdoms. If we are to be serving global and local communities, we need to believe that serving is the authentic expression of faith in Christ. This culture will ‘create the space’ in our own lives to be able to fulfil the mission of our faith community. It is counter- cultural and it will be difficult, yet, to fulfil God’s dream for his church, this is the cost of following Jesus.
  7. 7. Valuesone Journey: No one has arrived – life is a journey. Everyone is growing, changing, maturing – our aim is to see everyone in the faith community taking the next step forward in their faith journey. Incarnational: Just as Jesus became fully-man in order to reconcile humanity to God, we too will become culturally accessible as a means to express the way of Jesus to others. Servant Leadership: Leadership is not glamorous nor for selfish gain, but for the purpose of furthering the interests and growth of others. Character is more important than charisma or gifts. Participation and Collaboration: Choices and activity that shape the church are to be conducted in a collaborative and participatory manner, where there are pathways for all those involved in an aspect of community life to input into the decision making process where it effects them. Counter Cultural Creativity and Innovation: Finding creative and innovative ways to serve, give, respect, love and communicate the Gospel to people in thought, word and deed.
  8. 8. Valuestwo Authenticity: As a community we seek to encourage honest and authentic lives, where the message matches the lives we live, and where it is OK to be struggling and hurting, hopeful and joyous. Accountability: Jesus taught a way of life that entailed accountability to God through submission to each other. It is where one shares life with other openly, encourages self-reflection and critique, allows others to input into all our life decisions in the framework of humble and loving relationships. Spiritual Disciplines: Spiritual disciplines help to keep us on track, not just as an individual (Bible reading, prayer, service), but as a community (gathering together, worship, Scripture, serving). Stewardship: All resources that we have are not our own, but have been given and entrusted to us by God to be used for his activity. Our aim should be to live as simply as we can, to invest all of our resources (time, money, skills, activity, relationships etc.) effectively into God’s mission.
  9. 9. Valuesthree Gratitude: A state of being where we are always thankful, always hopeful, always filled with awe because of what God has done, for the gift of life he has given, for all the blessings He has lavished on us. As a faith community we aim to live in this wondrous state despite our circumstances, despite the sufferings and persecution that we may face in our mission of extending God’s kingdom. Change: In order to be able to connect and create pathways for people in an ever-changing world, we need to value change so that we can continually be adapting to serve people in meaningful ways. Change doesn’t have to be scary, but rather inevitable and exciting, as it brings with it many new opportunities. Process: Change, whilst exciting, doesn’t just happen. Change shouldn’t be avoided because of the potential fallout and hurt it can cause, but rather change should be outworked in the context of right and thought-out process which seeks to minimise negative effects on people.
  10. 10. letlive meetups best-buys needs based service interest-based groups market-based networking church models ‘presence’ mission community joins in a common vision for betterment of the local community [live simply – give generously – serve freely] explore Jesus a course-based exploration of Jesus around a meal church models ‘proclamation’ mission community explores the church’s reason and motivation for the church’s vision for the betterment of the local community small medium large gatherings gatherings gatherings 8-15, meal, Bible, discussion 24-45, social, service, missional 50-270, Bible, worship, fellowship church models the way of Jesus community observes and participates in the life of the faith community MINISTRY STRATEGY
  11. 11. Community Service Spiritual Exploration Initiatives (Letlive + Meetups) Initiatives Local – tutoring, mentoring, childcare, Intro to Jesus – an apologetic/story- youth work, immigration, internet etc. based exploration of the Christian faith Global – fundraisers, partnerships with Intro to a Jesus Community – what it aid and mission organisations looks like to live in Christian community Church Service Strategy Discipleship Initiatives Mobilisation Initiatives Large – worship (weekly <300); Rhythm – living life by ‘living simply, Medium – missional (monthly <50); giving generously, serving freely’ Small – meal and Bible study (fortnightly <15); Accountability Journey – discovering yourself and how (monthly <3) best to serve (gifts, personality, history)
  12. 12. Major Focuses New Media – to communicate and network to new generations Public Spaces – use of schools, pubs, parks etc. wherever possible Local Community – supporting, bettering and helping to the meet wider needs Reinfused Worship – rich and deep meaning through fresh forms
  13. 13. Practical Expressions Cafe – offices, meetings, catch-ups, through an owned or associated cafe Teaching and Communication Loops – elders shape the preacher’s content & theology, small-groups feedback Qs and thoughts through video responses Not-For-Profit Organisation – a not-for-profit called ‘letlive’ that has three functions: 1) providing needs based services; 2) commentary and research on current issues; 3) training and talks on current issues Evangelism Through Service – Christians connecting with non-Christians through serving others, via the NFP ‘letlive’ Evangelism Through Interests – Christians connecting with non-Christians through common interests groups, via the NFP ‘meet-ups’ Twitter Accountability – accountability using new technology, that allows mobility yet ensures efficiency and integrity
  14. 14. Philosophy of Mission & Discipleship Philosophy of Discipleship – Discipleship, mentoring, and maturing occurs through serving together and engaging in missional activity, spiritual disciplines help us to continue being engaged in service and mission, it is a means, not an end. Every ‘disciple’ finds a way to: a) serve the faith community, the local community, and the global community; b) engage in small, medium and large groups; and c) to hang-out with unchurched people according to their common interests. To become a disciple means coming to increased Christ-likeness, which results in more missional activity. Philosophy of Mission – Every believer is a missionary. Mission happens through both presence and proclamation, it is never one without the other. It is through serving and hanging out, yet there must always be an invitation to consider the Gospel.
  15. 15. Organisation of the Church
  16. 16. The Anglicans
  17. 17. The Timeline 2009 May Fortnightly Meal with Core Team (or potentially-core!) Lock in Final Details with the Anglicans July Monthly Sunday Gathering Continue 2010 Feb Fortnightly Small Groups [Goal: 3 Groups by end of 2010] Monthly Sunday Gatherings Continue 2011 Mar Official Launch of the Church
  18. 18. The Financials Guiding Principle – the church planting community grows and matures through the process of being autonomous and responsible for the finances of the faith community Some Options: • 2009 core group begins tithing or giving [a savings account for the church plant] • 2010 house churches begins tithing or giving • Tithing/giving doesn’t begin until the church goes officially live in 2011 • Dave ‘tent-makes’ or raises support until such a time General Thoughts • low staff to member ratio – 1 full-time ‘pastor’ for every 200 people? • high emphasis on elders as leaders who have paid professions elsewhere • high emphasis on volunteerism and giving going towards meeting the needs of others • Anglicans have an 11% assessment (or tax)
  19. 19. Visioneering and Recruitment Difficulty: Church-hopping and sheep stealing, and the need for mature Christians Visioneering Vehicles: •blog-site sharing the vision and tracking all the updates •videos •podcasts •information pack Recruiting Strategy: •primarily word of mouth •invitations from the church planting team to like-minded friends and relatives •quarterly vision nights in the 2 years leading up to the congregation plant •sharing of the vision to partner churches, Bible colleges, and any other church connections sharing of the vision through TMA

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